Abbala attacks: W. Darfur camps facing "millions" in damages

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WEST DARFUR (21 Feb.) - A committee formed by displaced persons from camps Kendebe and Bir Dagig in Sirba locality, West Darfur, announced attacks by Abbala militias left them with “millions” in damages.

One of the committee members told Radio Dabanga Kendebe lost 1.623 goats, 812 sheep, eight cows, 31 horses, 24 donkeys, five horse-drawn carts, 1.318 blankets, thousands of household plates, five laptops, three PCs and five motorcycles.

In addition, 318 million Sudanese pounds were stolen from 26 shops, all of which belonged to a citizen named Abdullah Turki.

At the same time, 579 families from camp Bir Dagig were affected by the Abbala militants, who also looted 790 sheep and 1.023 goats.

Clashes between that Abbala and Beni Hussein tribes erupted on 5 January over control of gold mines in Jebel 'Amer, Al-Sref Beni Hussein locality.

Since then, sources from West Darfur have complained to Radio Dabanga about the increasing presence of criminal militias in the state.